MahaMetro has decided to install safety nets at its work sites following the recent instances of cement blocks falling on road at two spots along the Pimpri-Dapodi corridor of the rapid transit system.
A Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) official said the safety teams have been alerted to inspect all the sites and provide safety nets for preventing construction material from falling on the roads. The contractors have also been told to carry out daily checks and train the workers in safety practices. A cement block recently fell on the road near the Metro’s Pimpri site, followed by a similar incident at Fugewadi. The contractors have been penalized in both cases.
Metro work is going on the Pimpri-Shivajinagar-Swargate and the Vanaz-Karve Road-Civil Court-Pune Station-Ahmednagar Road stretches. Hemant Sonawane, general manager (PR) at MahaMetro said, “We have taken serious note of the recent incidents and instructed the contractors to be more alert. MahaMetro also has its safety team that inspects the work sites. The team has been told to conduct regular checks and step up the safety measures, especially on the elevated stretches so that the construction material do not fall on roads.
Another MahaMetro official said, “The contractors are directed to provide necessary safety training to the workers. Besides, MahaMetro, along with the city traffic department, is initiating traffic diversions and road closures to reduce the commuters’ hardships.” Daily travellers said MahaMetro should ensure adequate arrangements of lights on road stretches where Metro work was on.